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Ronald LindeboomRe: Why Apple should let HP build its workstations
by on Mar 10, 2012 at 4:42:39 pm

[Jeremy Garchow] "Not saying a Linux port wouldn't be great, it might be, but it's a really big effort and wouldn't make a whole lot of business sense at this point for avid/adobe."

I knew of a company that worked in the Open Source community and made some great products, serving companies like Sony Imageworks, Blue Sky, Tippett Studios and many others. They are now gone. Why? The very nature of the Open Source movement is non-commercial -- read: no money in it. It seems that even the biggest and most successful companies are not up for paying for tools in the Linux world.

Big companies like Adobe have tried and failed in that market. Smaller companies such as the one I am referring to (I don't mention their name only because I know how heartbroken they are and don't want to rub salt into the wound) have also failed.

I tried Open Office for Mac, it was a kluge. Same with the GIMP. Neither tool is the equal of its commercial counterpart. Are they good? They are, but there is a reason that the vast majority of people are willing to shell out the money for their commercial counterparts.

The GIMP for Mac has been available for many years now but has failed to catch hold in the market. It has a tiny fraction of the image manipulation market.

I doubt we'll ever see Avid or Adobe running in pure unadulterated Linux. While there are people who relish Open Source as both a concept and a movement (and who now have tools like Lightworks to use), the vast majority of people working for a living using these tools will continue to pony-up the duckets to buy commercial products.

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